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Commentary, Policy, & Opinion Resources: Fake News

Fake News Basics

When gathering public opinion or commentary, it is easy to come across unreliable news media. This guide can help you sift through the vast amounts of media you may come across. These sources are sometimes referred to as "Fake News":

  • Sources that intentionally fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports
  • Formats include written news, altered images, or tampered video content found typically on the web.

Fake news impersonates legitimate news sources as:

  • Social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter
  • Propaganda or satire
  • Slanted views or bias
  • Clickbait: using catchy headlines
  • Misused or exaggerated data
  • Decontextualized or pieced-together information
  • Advertising to push a product, person, or company
  • Photoshopped or distorted images
  • Altered voice or video content

So why does this type of news exist when users need to stay informed?

  • Fake news sites make money or get higher ratings from clicks
  • Intention is to entertain, not inform
  • Plays to the readers' emotions instead of facts
  • News that fits trends in the media rather than reporting news
  • Fast-paced and free to publish websites
  • Political or societal influence

Library Resources & Help

Use these library databases for reliable news resources

Use these other library help guides for evaluating resources, information, and more.

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